Meaning of Irish Place Names by James O"Connell

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  • Place names & gazetteers,
  • Ireland,
  • Names, Geographical,
  • Names, Irish

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Number of Pages90
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ISBN 100856401757
ISBN 109780856401756

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Audio. An illustration of a " floppy disk. The origin and history of Irish names of places Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This : How Irish place-names have evolved and deformed The main reason for this is the way place-names were transposed out of the Irish language into English.

This happened in the first three decades of the nineteenth century, after the Act of Union () had brought the administration of Ireland under the control of London.

The book also contains a selection of better known names in the country, to help explain the root words. The sources from which the Irish names and meanings have been obtained are separated into three different classes: Irish pronunciation preserved. P.W. Joyce recorded the pronunciation of the Irish place names by natives.

The most common. The Irish words then had the same meaning and same force and effect as the place-name. [ clarification needed ] This order lists a little fewer than 2, place-names, Meaning of Irish Place Names book of which were changed from the Irish form used since independence, e.g.

Bray went from Brí Chualann to Bré and Naas changed from Nás na Rí to An Nás. The book was called Post-Sheanchas and it gave the Irish language form of the names of the Post Offices in Ireland. Around the same time Dublin Corporation began erecting bilingual street nameplates.

In An Coimisiún Logainmneacha was established. “The Place-Names” had, in the first instance, been printed serially, and, later, it was brought out in book- form by a London publisher.

For the present edition the text has been severely overhauled and revised. Type a placename in Irish or English. Search. burial grounds valleys villages castles features woods localities holes 93 passes 90 historical names 87 harbours 77 bogs 73 patches of ground 56 quays, piers, wharves 53 fords 49 cairns 49 caves.

The Cork City Place Names Survey was mainly a street by street placename collecting initiative. Names in Irish and English, obsolete names, slang names, ‘nicknames’, former street names and names given to all kinds of buildings, old and new were included in the city survey.

Place names search This site provides a searchable database of placenames in Galway county, a county in the west of Ireland. It includes the Ordnance Survey Field Name Books ; notebooks which were compiled as part of the first Ordnance Survey of Ireland in the s.

Discover the origin of our local place-names At we’ve collected information on the origins and meanings of o place-names from all over Northern Ireland.

Bally is an extremely common prefix to town names in Ireland, and is derived from the Gaelic phrase 'Baile na', meaning 'place of'. It is not quite right to translate it 'town of', as there were few, if any, towns in Ireland at the time these names were formed.

Niamh, meaning ‘effulgence’ (dazzling light) according to The Revival of Irish Names () from the Irish Fireside and pronounced ‘Neeve’.Tomas O Flannghaile (Celtic Surnames, For the Tongue of the Gael, ), however, gives the meaning of Niamh as ‘the splendid’, but Patrick Kennedy in a note to the Progress of the Wicked Bard, Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts, also gives.

This article lists a number of common Meaning of Irish Place Names book forms in place names in the British Isles, their meanings and some examples of their use.

The study of place names is called toponymy; for a more detailed examination of this subject in relation to British and Irish place names, refer to Toponymy in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Irish Clan Names (+) NOTE: For convenience sake this online version has converted the old Irish letters used in the original text to the roman alphabet, and exchanged the lenited or dotted consonants to their equivalents in the latter, e.g.

the lenited (or aspirated) dotted "c" has been altered to "ch", and the dotted "g" to "gh", etc. The A to Z entries are complemented by a detailed introductory essay discussing the chronology and development of English, Irish, Welsh, and Scottish place-names, as well as an extensive bibliography, maps of Britain showing old and new boundaries, and a glossary of common elements in accessible and up to date, this dictionary.

This charming name book will assist parents in choosing the appropriate Celtic name for their baby as it provides an extensive list of evocative Irish names. But why an Irish name. For some reason, this musical language and the magical legends of Ireland have become very popular in the Anglo-Saxon world and further s: Surnames today: There are many different origins for Irish names today but the vast majority can be broken down into either of three categories: Gaelic Irish, Cambro-Norman, and finally Anglo-Irish.

The Table shown here gives a listing of the most commonly names found in Ireland and their meanings. Irish toponymic surnames, deriving from a place where the original name bearer once lived, are rare. They include Ardagh, Athy, Bray, Kelly, Sutton, and a few others.

The most common Irish surnames in Ireland haven’t changed much for a century. Here are 10 of them: 1. The single most important item of information for Irish family history is a precise place of origin.

The most important tool in identifying Irish placenames is the General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, parishes and Baronies of Ireland. The place name Killough means "church on the lake", derived from the Irish cill "church" and locha "lake".

KILPATRICK Irish From the Irish Mac Giolla Phádraig meaning "son of. Irish Name Translator Utility. MyTribe Ltd., Officepods, 15A Main St, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, A94 T8P8, Ireland. Latin in Irish Catholic parish registers. Irish Catholic parish register entries were recorded in either English or Latin.

Typically, Latin was used in the more rural, Irish-speaking parishes while English was used in urban districts. Irish was never used in the registers. Place names and surnames were not translated but first names were.

Irish Names and Meanings. Start your journey by visiting our Irish boy names or Irish girl names pages. We have divided the pages up by letter so that you can easily find your names in Irish, Irish name pronunciation, meaning and name origin.

Or view individual name entries for popular Irish names, such as the meaning of Aiden, or find out the history and correct pronunciation of the classic. Doireann. Origin: Irish Pronunciation: Dirren, DOR-en, or Dawr-EEN Meaning: Brooding and sorrowful or fruitful and fertile Alternative Spellings & Variations: Doirean, Doreen, Daireann, Doirend Famous Namesakes: Wiccan liturgical writer Doreen Valiente, singer Doreen Taylor Peak Popularity: Doireann is an uncommon name in the U.S., but it has been gaining popularity in Ireland since the 's.

More than 4, Gaelic, Norman and Anglo-Irish surnames are listed in this book, giving a wealth of information on the background and location of Irish families.

Edward MacLysaght was a leading authority on Irish names and family history. He served as Chief Herald and Genealogical Officer of the Irish Reviews: • place names dictionary Irish-English • English-Irish phrase dictionary by Lambert McKenna () • Foclóir gaedhilge agus béarla, Irish English Dictionary being a thesaurus of words, phrases and idioms of the modern Irish language, with explanations in English, by Patrick Dinneen ().

I believe the book would even have better sales possiblities if called the by the more accurate (and more respectful) title "British & Irish Place Names". In return we solemly promise not to include William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens or even David Mills in our compendium of "Irish Authors".Reviews:   This name, Ó Maonaigh in modern Irish, is derived from the Old Irish word "moenach" meaning "dumb", or "maonach", meaning "wealthy".

It is a surname adopted by several unrelated septs. Here is the master list of Irish names. These are the names of saints and names from history and myth. The approximate pronunciations are given, as names vary in dialects. It is also difficult to spell out some sounds in the Irish language into English, as certain sounds don't exist in English.

Meaning: A dump of a place and also a sleep Irish Names. Top Irish Surnames. Top Irish First Names. Irish boy names that nobody can pronounce. Irish girl names nobody can pronounce. About Us. Ireland Before You Die (IB4UD) is the biggest Irish travel and culture website.

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Learn the origin of your name: English, Hebrew, Spanish, German, or another origin. This is the name of a town in Co. Kerry. It was here that the famous Book of Kells was written. The house with this name is probably in honor of the book, or the town. Kerlow: Kerry Edge Cottage: This house was right on the border between Kerry and Tipperary.

Name derived from a Gaelic phrase meaning ‘servant of Christ’. Gillespie. Meaning ‘servant of the bishop,’ this is the Anglicized spelling of the Gaelic, Gille Easbaig. Glenn. Meaning ‘valley,’ this was originally a Scottish surname. Gordon. A place name in Berwiskshire meaning ‘spacious fort’.

Graeme. A variation of the surname. Irish Names. Over twelve thousand different names are recorded in the early Irish records. Male names are better represented than female names. Thousands of these names fell out of use at an early date. The number of names used became much narrower by the late Middle Ages.

The Normans introduced many new names. By Mary Gallagher, Editorial Assistant April / May The name O’Hara has held a distinguished place in Ireland for centuries.

The current spelling is an anglicized pronunciation of the original Irish Ó hEaghra, meaning “descended from Eaghra” (rhymes with “Tara”). Unusual and exotic sounding Irish girl are the popular Irish names for girls including the Gaelic origins, meanings, and spellings.

You can listen to the author Frank McCourt pronounce every girls name in vivid description. This is a great way to find out how to exactly pronounce female Irish names. The Expert Source for Baby Names, is the online home of Laura Wattenberg, author of the bestselling book The Baby Name Wizard and creator of the award-winning tools that have helped the world look at baby names in a whole new way.

Place names in imprints. Robert Peddie, Place names in imprints: An index to the Latin and other forms used on title pages, (). As a supplement to Orbis Latinus I would cite this short volume of some 70 pages, containing ca entries. This book, however, differs from Orbis Latinus in that it not only contains Latin place names (both with common and rare spellings), but also vernacular.

DONALD m Scottish, English From the Gaelic name Domhnall meaning "ruler of the world", composed of the old Celtic elements dumno "world" and val "rule". This was the name of two 9th-century kings of the Scots and Picts.

It has traditionally been very popular in Scotland, and during the 20th century it became common in the rest of the English-speaking world.

Anglicized form of the Irish name Caoimhín meaning "handsome birth", derived from the older Cóemgein, composed of the Old Irish elements cóem "kind, gentle, handsome" and gein "birth". Saint Caoimhín established a monastery in Glendalough, Ireland in.

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